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Puzzling lack of sense

Daniel Shywaoub August 31st, 2011

One more semi-amusing story to go with the other letters about bicyclists:

I’m heading westbound on Grand over the Lake Hefner Parkway and have to slow down behind a bicyclist blocking the road, waiting for the oncoming traffic to pass. Meanwhile, I’m looking at the paved bike path that encircles Lake Hefner, not 3 yards north of where he’s a-pedallin’.

This isn’t some random dude on a bike; he’s got his spandex and his Tron-helmet and everything going on, so you would think he would sway over onto the path the city paid good money to build for him.

It’s really no wonder drivers get so frustrated when they won’t even take advantage of what they’ve been given. Sadly, after picking up my Hideaway Pizza, I’m on the way home on the west side of the lake, and there he is again, out just a foot right of the road’s centerline! The lack of sense is just puzzling.

—Daniel Shywaoub
Oklahoma City

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09.02.2011 at 02:43 Reply

First of all, this letter doesn’t really make much sense.  Grand Blvd. is four lanes over the Hefner Parkway?  Was the cyclist taking up both lanes?  Who was waiting for oncoming traffic to pass?  You or the cyclist?  Did you ever think the cyclists might live on the other side of the hwy and thinks it would be stupid to drive his car ½ a mile to ride a bike at the lake.    The trails on the west of the lake are horrible.  They have buckled and there is always glass on the path.  Here’s another option for you Daniel……ever heard of the NW Expressway?


09.05.2011 at 08:01 Reply

Clearly Daniel isn't a causal or serious cyclist.  The bike trails that run around Lake Hefner are hardly appropriate for the spandex and tron-helmet wearing speed demons he's talking about.  As someone who prefers a causal ride around the lake, I find those people offensive to me since they are a hazard to slower moviing cyclists and pedestrians (since there are areas where both must share the trails).  Frankly, I prefer them on the street.  Which as eveyrone and their mother knows is totally legal.  So perhaps he should complain about things that are relevent to the community instead of that which he finds personally annoying.